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OFFICIAL DIY: Shaving Core/Radiator Support

Discussion in 'Exterior / Detailing / Bodywork DIY How-To's' started by 2slo4u, Jul 28, 2010.



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  1. 2slo4u

    2slo4u wait4me Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    DIY: Shaving Core/Radiator Support
    Shaving/Covering the unused holes on the core support

    Applicable Years: Although this was done on 6th gen(96-00) it can be done to other years as well

    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    Hours: 3 hours doing, 1 day to fully dry

    Materials I used:
    you don't have to use the same but these are the ones I chose.
    (to quickly get to the DIY, I posted the pictures of the items I used on the bottom)
    X Metals spray paint (red)
    Metal Specks (red)
    Body filler
    40 grit sand paper
    80 grit sand paper
    220 grit sand paper
    400 grit sand wet sand paper
    *Automotive clearcoat(if desired...i didn't)



    Brand new core support from Parts Channel

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    1. First I taped the bottom of each hole I was going to fill up so the Bondo could build off the tape and not fall through.

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    2. Then I applied the Bondo over each of the holes i was going to cover

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    3. After allowing the Bondo to dry, I then sanded most of the Bondo with the 40 grit sand paper until it was just about smooth, then I switched to the 80 to flatten it out. After going through it with the 80 grit I went over the spots with 220 smooth it out a little bit. After you are satisfied that all the holes are nice, smooth, and covered (no little craters) then go over everything with the 400. The 400 grit is not needed but I said it because I did it, in case some of you wanted to do what I did.

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    4. After I made sure no scratch marks were showing anymore, I primered the core support(where I was going to paint only).

    Allowing the primer to dry, I then sprayed on the X-Metals Red Spray paint. I did not used the X-Metal ground coat converter because I just used the Red spray paint as a base coat and didn't want it to be anodized anyway.

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    After about 3 coats of the X-Metals and allowing proper drying time, I then sprayed on the Metal Specks.
    About 3-4 layers is good depending on how thick you lay your paint and how much you want it to sparkle. Don't spray too much or it'll start turning out dull and or drip.

    First layer(you can see a little bit of the specks):

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    6. Second layer(laid it on heavier and more specks are now noticeable):

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    7. Third and final layer(finished it with another heavy layer making sure there were no drips):

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    *Apply Clearcoat if desired.

    Allow about a day for the paint to dry. Take off the tape on the bottom and install the core support.


    Thanks for reading and hope this could help some of you. I did the same thing with shaving my engine bay and it works as well so you can attempt the same steps to the engine bay if you dare. Please do this how to at your own risk.



    **
    If anyone has any doubt on the durability of it...i never had to do any re-bondoing to the core support at all nor did i have to repaint anything. There were no cracks or lifting of the bondo either. This picture was taken about a year after.

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    Shaved bay

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    Review:

    This DIY is time consuming and takes patience and you might even have to repaint depending on your skill, but its worth it in the end. Sure you can pay someone thousands of dollars to weld and shave down the bay for you for a professional appearance, but not everyone can afford that..I sure couldn't..so I found a way to do it myself with the skills I had. Hope this helps some of you and if anyone has any questions pm me and I'll help you in anyway I can.
     
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  2. evilrilla2

    evilrilla2 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    Good info! I didint know you used a spray can to paint your support, all this time I thought it was professionally done....did you also do your engine bay the same way??? Im going to work on mine too.
     
  3. mymmeryloss

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    idk about this...

    u didnt scuff to bare metal to fill holes and u shouldve welded the holes. the filler is going to crack out especially since it has nothing to adhere to.
     
  4. evilrilla2

    evilrilla2 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    well since this was done 4 months ago, 2slo4u should post an update. hopefully it holds, bondo is pretty sturdy.

    looks like if you dont scuff all the way down to bare metal, the bondo has more room to grab on and be more stronger. im no expert though.
     
  5. 2slo4u

    2slo4u wait4me Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    i've never had any cracks at all..i did this to my old core support the exact time i did my b-series swap and that was about 3 years ago..never cracked..i'll take update pictures
     
  6. j_mee_5

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    so how is it holding up ? with the Bondo
     
  7. 2slo4u

    2slo4u wait4me Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    its great!!!! i have my car at my parents house right now for the rainy season, but there has been no cracks with using bondo at all..when i first did this i was afraid the bondo will crack, thats why others just did it with welding, but i guess going cheap isn't always that bad..i promise to post pics asap !
     
  8. 2slo4u

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    updated pictures posted
     
  9. luis.eg

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    hows the bondo holding up?? any piks yet??
     
  10. 2slo4u

    2slo4u wait4me Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Pictures have been reposted!
     
  11. young_

    young_ out on bail Staff Member Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member

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    Awesome write up!
     
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  12. 2slo4u

    2slo4u wait4me Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks! been awhile since I came on here and I didn't realize the pics were gone.
     
  13. XpL0d3r

    XpL0d3r What Civic? Staff Member Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Glad you're still around! :thumbs up

    I've said this before, but your civic and watisjdm's were my inspirations back in the day. I actually had your Civic as my computer background for a while last year.. one of the ROTM photos. :lol:

    Oh, and your car is also the banner for the CC Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/ClubCiviccom/118413568173755
     
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  14. 2slo4u

    2slo4u wait4me Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    That really does mean a lot. I really built the car to fit my own liking and to have others like it too, I really appreciate it.
    Wow what an honor to have my car as the banner! I've been searching for Clubcivic on fb and instagram.

    Thank You!
     


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